Best Reference Books – Logic Design

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Logic Design subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Logic Design along with reviews.

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1. “Switching Theory and Logic Design” by Kumar A Anand

“Switching Theory and Logic Design” Book Review: This book gives an insight on the different switching devices used in digital systems. It begins with an introduction to the digital and analog systems and further explains the different aspects of switching devices. The book is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate science students pursuing courses in electronics and computer science. The book provides detailed information on the combinational circuits. It also gives an overview on the two types of sequential circuits such as the Mealy type and the Moore type. The book provides ample illustrations and exercises, so that the reader can understand the concepts thoroughly. The book also discusses topics such as number systems, binary codes, Boolean algebra, synchronous and asynchronous sequential circuits and algorithmic state machines. The book discusses methods such as Karnaugh map and Quine- McClusky method which are used for the simplification of logic expressions. The book also presents topics such as minimization of multiple output circuits, variable mapping, implementation of logic functions using degenerate and non-degenerate forms, various hazards and hazard-free realizations, the types of flip-flops and latches, their conversions, ring counters and sequence generators. The book also provides VHDL and VERILOG programs at the end of each and every chapter.

2. “Digital Logic and Computer Design” by Mano

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“Digital Logic and Computer Design” Book Review: The book focuses on the basic concepts of design and analysis of digital systems and the principles of digital computer organization and design. It discusses digital logic design techniques such as Boolean algebra and truth tables which are used for the analysis and design of combinational circuits and state transition techniques for the analysis and design of sequential circuits. It also gives a description on the register-transfer method used for the analysis and design of processor units, control units, a computer central processor and for describing the internal operations of microprocessors and microcomputers. Various digital components used in integrated circuit form such as Medium scale integration(MSI) and Large scale integration (LSI) circuits and their functions are also provided in detail. The basic components used in the design of digital systems such as adders and code converters and the possible implementations using NAND and NOR combinational circuits are introduced. The often used functions such as parallel adders, decoders and multiplexers and their uses in the design of combinational circuits is explained with the help of examples. The various types of flip-flops and a variety of registers, shift-registers and counters similar to those available in integrated circuit packages are also explained. The register-transfer method is introduced and various symbols are defined for inter-register transfer, arithmetic, logic and shift microoperations. It also presents a typical arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and discusses the procedure developed for the design of any other ALU configurations. Each chapter contains a set of examples and exercises in the end.

3. “Digital Electronics Logic Design for RGPV (SEM-IV EEE/EE Course-2015)” by A P Godse Dr D A Godse

“Digital Electronics and Logic Design For RGPV” Book Review: The book begins with the topics such as number systems and codes, alphanumeric codes, Boolean algebra, alternate logic gate representation, canonical and standard forms(Minterms and Maxterms), conversion between canonical forms, Don’t Care conditions, Exclusive OR and Exclusive NOR circuits and parity generators and checkers. It also gives a detailed description on the combinational circuits, sequential logic circuit, registers and counters, random access memory(RAM) and Timing waveform. Details on binary serial adder, parallel adder, serial/parallel adder, look ahead carry generator, BCD adder, binary multiplier, magnitude comparator, decoder, demultiplexer, encoders, priority encoder, multiplexers and implementation of combinational logic diagram and HDL for combinational circuit is also given. Different features of sequential logic circuits such as latches, SR latch with NAND and NOR gates, D latch, edge triggered flip flop, J-K flip flop, T flip flop, Master slave flip flop, analysis of clocked sequential circuit, state table, state diagram, state reduction state equations, state assignments, flip flop excitation table and characteristic equations, design procedure for sequential circuits and applications of flip flop are also presented. The types of analog to digital conversions like Ramp type, dual slope, integration, successive approximation, parallel conversion, parallel/serial conversion, convertor specifications and digital to analog converters like Binary weighted and R/2R D to A converters are also provided in the book.

4. “Fundamentals of Logic Design” by Charles H. Roth

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“Fundamentals Of Logic Design” Book Review: The book deals with the application of switching theory to the solution of logic design problems. It presents the topics such as number systems, switching algebra, Boolean algebra, how to design circuits of logic gates, logical properties of flip flops, counters, adders, sequence detectors, VHDL hardware description language and it’s application to the design of combinational, sequential logic circuits and simple digital systems. It gives emphasis on the use of VHDL in logic design and the relationship between VHDL statements and corresponding digital hardware. The underlying logic components and timing of VHDL codes, truth tables, state tables, PLD’s and reduction of logic equations is further discussed in detail. The book provides ample illustrations, examples and exercises at the end of each chapter.

5. “Digital Electronics And Logic Design” by Nair

“Digital Electronics and Logic Design by Nair” Book Review: The book focuses on the basic concepts of digital electronics and logic design. It is designed for the undergraduate students in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer science. The book deals with topics such as the number systems, Boolean algebra, simplification methods, principles of various combinational logic circuits, basic theory behind sequential logic circuits, design of synchronous sequential logic circuits, asynchronous sequential logic circuits, theory of logic families, theory behind all types of memories used in logic circuits and systems, analog to digital and digital to analog converters, various types of hazards, faults occuring in combinational logic circuits, generations of clock pulses and the aspects of manufacturing integrated circuits. The theory of Boolean algebra, Karnaugh map method and Quine-McClusky tabulation method are explained in detail. The various combinational logic circuits such as adders, subtractors, multiplexers, demultiplexers, decoders,comparators and the flip flops such as SR,JK,T,D and their applications are discussed. It also presents the theory of Mealy and Moore machines and their conversions. The design of logic circuits i.e sequence detector, serial adder, parity generator and synchronous counters are developed and races, cycles and minimization of completely and incompletely specified sequential circuits are also explained. A step-by-step approach to the synthesis of simple ASLC and the theory of logic families like TTL,ECL,I-L,NMOS and CMOS is provided. The terms like current sourcing, sinking, noise margin, noise immunity, fun-in and fun-out are explained. The topics like fault tables, fault dictionary, Boolean differences, path-sensitizing, equivalent-normal form, SPOOF, planar diffusion, ion-implantation techniques for the manufacturing of VLSI circuits and the manufacturing methds like BJT,NMOS,CMOS,BJCMOS circuits are explained.

6. “Switching Theory and Logic Design” by M V Subramanyam

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“Switching Theory and Logic Design by M.V Subramanyam” Book Review: The book deals with switching theory and logic design. It covers topics such as number systems and codes, Boolean algebra, design of combinational circuits, sequential circuits, capabilities and minimization of sequential machines and algorithmic state machines. Review of number systems, binary arithmetic, binary weighted and non weighted codes, error detecting and error correcting codes are presented in detail. The theories and postulates concerning Boolean algebra, representation of switching functions, SOP and POS forms, Karnaugh maps and minimization using K-maps are explained. The topics like tabular minimization, design of single output and multi output functions, design using conventional AND,OR,NOT,NAND,NOR and EX-OR gates, design using MSI and LSI devices, digital multiplexer/selector decoder, demultiplexer, design of 4 bit adder, carry look ahead adder, magnitude comparator, BCD converter, logic implementations using ROM,PAL and PLA’s are also discussed. A detailed description of combinational versus sequential circuits, asynchronous versus synchronous circuits, state tables and diagrams, state assignments, memory elements and their excitation functions, T,D,RS,JK flip flops and their excitation requirements, design of synchronous sequential circuits like sequential detectors and binary counters are provided. A large number of examples and exercises are provided at the end of each chapter.

7. “Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD – Rom” by Zvonko Vranesic and Stephen Brown

“Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD-ROM” Book Review: The book focuses on the fundamental concepts in classical manual digital design and the ways through which digital circuits are designed today. It deals with modern digital circuit implementation technologies and Programmable Logic Devices (PLD). It discusses the topics like the process involved in designing a digital system, uses of CAD tools, binary numbers, basic aspects of logic circuits, Boolean algebra, the hardware description language VHDL, electronic aspects of digital circuits, CMOS technology, PLD’s, synthesis of combinational circuits and usage of CAD tools for this purpose, circuits that perform arithmetic operations and illustrates how VHDL is used to specify desired functionality. The encoder, decoder, multiplexer circuits, storage elements, uses of flip flops, shift registers and counters, synchronous sequential circuits, asynchronous sequential circuits, consequences of propagation delay, race conditions, issues arising from the design of real systems, basic aspects of testing, complete CAD flow associated with designing, implementing and testing a digital circuit. The book also provides a detailed summary of VHDL features, a sequence of tutorials on the Quartus-II CAD tools, examples and exercises.

8. “Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals” by Mano / Kime

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“Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals” Book Review: The book mainly deals with logic design, digital system design and computer design basics. Digital and computer systems and information representation, binary number and character representation and basic binary arithmetic, logic gates,basic concepts and techniques for designing gate circuits, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, design using NAND,NOR and XOR gates, fundamental properties of gates, propagation delay are discussed. The topics like design and concepts of combinational and sequential circuits, design hierarchy, computer-aided design, top-down design, synthesis, computer-based digital simulation, functional blocks associated with medium scale integrated(MSI) circuits, simplification of arithmetic hardware, hardware description languages like VHDL and VERILOG, latches and flip flops, procedures of sequential circuit analysis, state diagrams and tables, design using D and J-K flip flops are explained in detail. The two different types of CPU designs such as CISC and RISC, data transfer between the CPU, input-output interfaces and peripheral devices are also provided in the book. Other topics like serial communication including Universal Serial Bus(USB), I/O processors, cache/main memory and main memory/harddisk relationships and an overview of cache design parameters are also provided with examples and illustrations.

9. “Express Learning – Digital Electronics and Logic Design” by ITL ESL
10. “Switching Theory and Logic Design” by RAO

“Switching Theory and Logic Design by Rao” Book Review: The book is a first level introductory course on digital logic design. The uses and applications of switching theory is explained by providing many examples. The book is a prerequisite for many courses such as Digital Integrated Circuits, Computer Organization, Digital Instrumentation, Digital Control, Digital Communication and Hardware description languages.

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